3 days 100% off The Galactivity Book.

Hi:) Our new activity book will be available free of charge till the end of July to anyone who visits Smashwords and goes to the Galactivity Book page. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=3lQ5_XgOqpA Don't miss the opportunity! Have some space-themed fun with your family and kids:) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Hi, I'm Maria Bardyukova, a school teacher, illustrator and self-published author.  Feel... Continue Reading →


So begins the Galactivity journey!

After aeons of trials and tribulations, The Galactivity Book is complete and ready for Pre-Order on Amazon and Smashwords. Here’s the current blurb: “Earthlings, beware! Your brain cells are under attack! Gather your wits and defend yourselves or face annihilation!” Invading bookstores everywhere, The Galactivity Book is a blast for the entire family. Whether playing […]... Continue Reading →

Cute Monster Drawing Challenge. Monster #13

Make way for Chillster! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Original inhabitants of the North and Southern poles, Chillsters were brought to the rest of the world on the hoofs of Santa's deer. Very soon they spread all across Canada, Northern Europe and Asia. Chillsters are notorious for their art. Here just a few examples. Chillsters have a writing system... Continue Reading →

Cut out, glue, play. Feel like a child again.

Honestly, was fun. Challenging, especially gluing the dice (soooo hard), but did I enjoy every bit of it? Totally! Me and Quiet decided to play all the games we've created before releasing them in a book. Good thinking, Quiet. Found quite a few bugs. Had quite a few White Russians. Felt like kids a again.... Continue Reading →

Cute Monster Drawing Challenge. Monster#12

Hello, this is Brabbit. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ A mix between common rabbits and Siberian tigers, Brabbits are distant relatives of Easter Bunnies, but unlike their relatives, Brabbits chose a path of self-discipline, martial arts and meditation and rejected the Cult Of the Carrot. They exiled themselves in the depth of Siberia, searching  courage, bravery and wisdom and... Continue Reading →

Big day for a snowman!

Pam-da-Pam! The first of September will be a big day for one very snobby snowman! Our (mine and Quite Riley Jr's) first picture book will be officially released! Pa-dam-Pam! 2 years of drawing! Still can't believe we did it, but smashwords has already listed our snowman! You can actually preview it there already!  

The drawbacks of living in China

Eh, it's alright in here. I'm loving Shenzhen. But I'm not loving the web firewall. It just gets so tiring. I'm not a political dissident, I don't even watch the news (too depressing), and I've never even voted! All I want I being able to apload my speed paint to YouTube, follow inspiring artists in... Continue Reading →

Space for brain workout.

I've been working my brain out through space brain teasers for about 2 months already...   cause I've been drawing an activity book about space! XD The idea of the book belongs to my coauthor, Quiet Riley Jr.  He is an illustrator, sci-fi author, traveler, spiritual weirdo and what not. Make sure you drop by... Continue Reading →

Back to the drawing board…

Way to go, us! XD
Let the space battle begin!

A Blog to Listen Quietly to


This was a paper model of the board game, Monsters vs Robots, whose rules and objectives were akin to classic checkers and chess. After numerous battles across gold and purple diamonds, it became quite clear that a massive overhaul was needed.

As a result, a new board was designed and will soon be tested by Mary Bardyukova and I for our forthcoming cosmic game book. Hopefully, we’ll get things right on the second go.

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